Re: 2008 CBR1000 or Ducati 848??
After a quick rie on a buddy's 848, my opinion is still skewed toward my Blade, but the 848 is a fun bike. But in your case, if you are looking for a good bike for the street, you will need to see for yourself.
My biggest issue with both bikes is that their riding positions are both really racy, in other words you will feel the effects of riding sooner since your upper body weight is pushing down on your wrists. The CBR wins in this category simply because the riding postion is a little less aggressive than the Duc's. Now before someone flies off the handle, I am 6'4" tall and 230 pounds. So obviously it could be different for someone smaller.
Looks seem to be everyones own perspective. The Ducati in "Pull Me Over" Yellow does draw attention. The bike stands out because of the colors, and in most cases the only people who could tell the difference between a Ducati and a Jap bike are people who lust over the Ducati. Id like to ride a black or white ducati to see if people notice me as much as the yellow, as I think the color was the determining factor. As for the Blade, no matter where I park theres always a few people checking it out and alot hang around to ask me questions about it. I have the maroon and silver Blade. The Blade is also an exercise in form following function as the plastic is minimal and the under slung exhaust takes some getting used to.
The sounds either of these bikes makes, is intoxicating intheir own ways. The Ducati is awesome sounding, then again, v twins in my opinion alawys sound good. The Blade sounds nice too, it doesnt have the typical high pitched whine that most 4 cylinder bikes make, instead its lower and more guttural, mixed with the sound of the intake it sounds like a proper race bike.
Power...well the Blade just romps the Ducati in useable power. It pulls hard in all gears, and does it smoothly. The Duacti is your typical torquey motor, good off the line grunt but loses some of its steam inthe upper RPM's. Dont take this the wrong way, its top end is still nice, its just better to shift before redline.
Both bikes handle exceptionally, then again I am not a pro so I havent seen just how well each can handle at 10 tenths. The blade does turn in alot easier but the suspension is a bit harsher, I could adjust it but I really havent found a need to. The Ducati is a seriously planted bike, once you put it in a lean it feels solid, its just that left to right transitions or vice versa require more rider input.
Quality. I have to admit that I was jealous of my buddies 848 simply because everything felt expensive and well made, while parts of my bike felt like the cheap plastic they are. Of course you pay more for that quality.
Overall I enjoyed riding the 848, its a nice ride, ad if I never rode my CBR I would be able to find many faults with it. But, as some people have already stated, once you ride the Blade its hard to go to a smaller engined bike because the power is ridiculous but you get the power with the handling of a 600. In the end its all about whats important to you.